[nycbug-talk] Diagrams.

Jan Schaumann jschauma at netmeister.org
Sat Sep 10 14:59:37 EDT 2011

Isaac Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net> wrote:
> (I recall years ago when I asked this on list someone shouted 'ASCII
> art', [a perfectly acceptable answer]).

I'm gonna second that one.  Actually "drawing" ascii can be a bit of a
pain, but that makes you actually think about the relationships and
visuals a bit more.  And you can just check them in to your VCS and even
plain diff them.

Another perfectly reasonable solution I've found is to draw the diagram
by hand on a piece of paper (if you like, even on a napkin) and scan it
in.  Or whiteboard plus photo. :-)

Hmm, if you have the $$, interactive whiteboards like the SMART board
(http://is.gd/77Wofl) are really cool.

None of these lend themselves to collaborative illustration, I'm afraid.
But then again, I also like Dijkstra's quote:

"Every time someone draws a picture to explain a program, it is a sign
that something is not understood."

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